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What the HBOS fraud tells us about the state of British banking

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8 February 2017 The £1 billion HBOS Reading fraud, my part in exposing it, and what it tells us about the state of British banking   Note: This is a fully revised, updated and extended version of ‘Mafioso bankers and my part in their downfall‘ published in the Sunday Herald on 5 …

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Investor seeks to force accountability at Lloyds Banking Group

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14th April 2015 Lloyds Banking Group shareholder Michael Page may be about to force some accountability, and perhaps even a degree of honesty, at the state-rescued bank in which he owns a stake. In doing so Page — whose Guernsey-based aircraft leasing business was left massively out of pocket following the collapse of the scandal-plagued, and HBOS-backed, aviation …

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Chuka Umunna: PWC’s useful idiot?

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January 23rd, 2014 I’ve long wondered how committed the Labour shadow business secretary and MP for Streatham Chuka Umunna really is to UK banking reform. It seems the answer is “not very”. In the furore that followed the publication of the Tomlinson Report on November 25 last year, a report …

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The “financial terrorism” of Royal Bank of Scotland

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November 27th, 2013 (updated November 28th, 2013) (minor edits December 1st, 2013) Another of the banking scandals I’ve been covering for more than three years is gaining a wider audience, following the publication of the Tomlinson Report on Monday and this morning’s confirmation from the Financial Times that the Serious Fraud …

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Robert Jenkins: Puncturing bankers’ myths

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September 26th, 2012 [Ian Fraser’s introduction] In this speech, Robert Jenkins blows apart the self-serving myths that bankers and their lobbyists have been peddling since the financial crisis ripped the financial system apart in 2007-. He also explains that ‘captured’ regulators and politicians have swallowed the myths whole. As a result, post-crisis …

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It’s time the FSA learnt the lessons of Hillsborough. Eventually the truth will out

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17 September 2012 (Updated 11.25am) Studiously ignoring the roles of “establishment” figures like Sir James Crosby and Lord Stevenson in the demise of disastrous Edinburgh-based bank HBOS, regulator the Financial Services Authority is seeking to heap all the ordure on the less establishment Peter Cummings. I am not suggesting that Cummings is …

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Corruption allegations, major fraud inquiries, links to pornographic magazines … and a luxury yacht. Welcome to the world of banking 2012

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By Ian Fraser Published: Sunday Herald Date: July 22nd, 2012 Editorial note: This is a more detailed and complete version of an article published in the Sunday Herald on July 22nd, 2012. Police are poised to press charges against several HBOS bankers and consultants after a two-year investigation into large-scale …

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FSA’s Verrier ban only scratches the surface at BGC Partners

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May 16th, 2012 (Minor edits to final para, January 25th 2014) The Financial Services Authority today imposed a lifetime ban on Anthony Verrier, a senior executive at interdealer brokers BGC Partners, who two years ago was described by a judge as a liar with an extraordinary proclivity for “losing” Blackberries and …

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Where did it all go wrong for Clydesdale and Yorkshire Banks?

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14 February 2012 The allegations of “a black hole”, “reckless commercial property lending in 2005-07”, “dodgy accounting” etc at National Australia Bank’s UK subsidiaries Clydesdale Bank and Yorkshire Bank (which I’ve now heard from at least four reliable and independent senior banking sources) just won’t seem to go away. I …